Pens Weekly: Wheeling Report And A Look Around The AHL
Wheeling Report The Nailers split a pair of weekend games before losing, 6-4, to Kalamazoo on Tuesday. Renars Krastenbergs and Winston Day Chief both scored twice. The team lost its leading scorer when the Penguins recalled Troy Josephs on Monday. Nick Saracino led the team with 12 points through Thursday, while defenseman Kevin Spinozzi had recorded 11 points in 14 games. With John Muse joining the Penguins, Matt O’Connor is now the No. 1 goaltender. He has two wins and a 3.19 goals-against average over six appearances. Wheeling was slated to play twice at home this weekend, once against Indy and a rematch against Kalamazoo. Record: 6-9-1, 13 points, fifth in Central Division Around the AHL ■ Syracuse’s Cory Conacher has 22 points in his last nine games, and the Crunch have won nine of 10 to vault all the way to second place in the North Division. ■ Through Thursday, Hartford had climbed to fourth in the Atlantic Division. A big reason why is defenseman John Gilmour. The 2017-18 all-star has three goals and nine points in his last seven games, and the Wolf Pack have won three straight. ■ In a sign of competitive parity, all but one team in the Western Conference has an even point percentage or better. The only squad fighting to reach that mark is the San Antonio Rampage at 8-13. Stats to Know ■ With his two goals on Wednesday, Thomas Di Pauli has recorded 10 points (6G-4A) in his last nine games. ■ The Penguins were one of the AHL’s best teams at home last season, going 26-10-1-1. This year, however, they have the league’s worst point percentage at 3-6-1-0. ■ Defenseman Ethan Prow remains among the league’s best in plus-minus, ranking fourth (second among active players) at plus-15. Quote Unquote “We lost a couple tough games, overtime games, and one-goal games and late games. So, we’ve had some really good efforts. We’ve just come out on the bad side of it, so it’s good for the guys to go out, have a good game in Hershey, and get the victory. Yeah, they definitely feel good about themselves.” — head coach Clark Donatelli on if the mood of the team changed after snapping a five-game losing streak.